India Antitrust Watchdog Sniffs Around E-Commerce Players

That’s the headline on my newest story, a scoop out yesterday with my colleague Rajesh Roy. The lede and first few grafs: NEW DELHI–India’s antitrust watchdog is assessing the domestic e-commerce sector, a step that could have consequences for Inc. and Walmart Inc.’s Flipkart, which dominate online sales in the country. In a questionnaire […]

Book Notes: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Note: From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited after many years. For more such posts, see the Book Notes category The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, by Brad Stone Published: 2013 ISBN: 0316219282 Amazon link Brief Summary The fascinating story of the […]

Amazon Pulls Indian-Flag Doormats as New Delhi Threatens Punishment

That’s the subject of my story yesterday, which begins: Inc. pulled doormats emblazoned with the Indian flag from its Canadian website after the South Asian nation’s foreign minister threatened to oust the Seattle company’s employees. “This is unacceptable,” Sushma Swaraj, India’s foreign minister, wrote on Twitter Wednesday in response to a posting from a […]

By Me on Friday: How Amazon Has Taken India by Storm

The story begins: NEW DELHI– Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, perturbed by his company’s failure to capture much of the massive Chinese market, had a pointed message for executives in India during a visit in 2014: Don’t let that happen here. Do what it takes to succeed and don’t worry about the cost, Mr. Bezos […]

By Me Recently: E-Commerce Logistics in India, Outsourcing, Cyber-Security and More

In Friday’s Wall Street Journal and online here is a story I’m especially proud of. My colleagues and I followed — literally — a sari across India, illustrating the logistical challenge e-commerce startups in the country face. The story begins: MADURAI, India—The future of India’s booming e-commerce market is in the hands of small-time customers […]

By Me Yesterday: Singapore Online Grocery Startup RedMart Hires Amazon Exec

The story begins: Singapore-based online grocery-delivery service RedMart has scored some valuable new talent in its quest to conquer Southeast Asia. The startup said Thursday it has hired a longtime senior executive at Inc. who once spent two years as a technical adviser to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. Colin Bryar, a former Amazon vice […]

My Story on Lazada and E-Commerce in Indonesia

My newest story focuses on a rapidly expanding startup, Lazada Indonsesia, that’s aiming to be the country’s The piece also looks at the promise of e-commerce in the populous country. It begins: JAKARTA—Executives at Lazada Indonesia, a fast-growing e-commerce startup aiming to be the of Southeast Asia, faced a couple of unexpected challenges […]

Consumers in India Can Now Pre-Book Their Whoppers — on Ebay

That’s the subject of a story I wrote today: Indian consumers have in recent months shown a penchant for ordering goods like smartphones in short-lived, online sales called “flash sales.” Now Burger King is trying to get them to pre-order its sandwiches — on eBay. In an apparent attempt to tap into the popularity of […]

A Warning for Southeast Asia’s Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

I wrote a recent WSJ Digits story about how e-commerce in Southeast Asia is set to boom, according to a UBS report: Message for Southeast Asia’s brick-and-mortar retailers: E-commerce companies could soon be eating your lunch. That’s according to a recent study by UBS , which showed the region’s consumers are already flocking to e-commerce […]